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I freaked out a bit when Char-Broil stopped making my favorite cheap-ass BBQ grill, but this morning I found it for sale under the “BBQ Pro” name.  Whew!  While there are certainly better — and more expensive — grills out there, this is my favorite.  I paid under $50 for mine on sale, and I can easily grill steaks, potatoes, and vegetables for four on it — and even have a place to sit my food tray and tongs while I’m drinking beer.

Why is this my favorite, you ask?  Many reasons: first, the side shelves rock.  While the “molded in tool hangers” are useless, you’ll use the hell out of the shelves.  I also love the fact that unlike most “kettle” grills, the volume of the closed grill is much smaller in relation to the size of the grate itself, making it easier to control temperature.  And it’s got a removable ash can — no more dragging the grill out into the yard to dump it over! 

Anyway, if you want to jump on my bandwagon and try one of these out, don’t buy it from Sears right now.  $100 is way the hell overpriced for this grill, but you can find it for as low as $80 right now at other online stores, and if you wait until the sales hit at the big-box retailers, you can snag one as cheap as I did.

PS: If you notice ’em on sale, email me.  I want to put one away in storage.

BBQ Pro 20″ Square Charcoal Grill [Sears]
Street Pricing [Google Products]


5 Responses to My Favorite Cheap-Ass BBQ Grill, Part 2

  1. William says:

    I bought one of these to replace my weber which had rusted out long before I took possession of it. I got the Char-Broil home I was excited to get the side shelfs for so little. I opened it up and started to put it together when I noticed rust. The enamel was chipped and rusted at the vent holes and under the seams. Brand new grill already rusted. I took it back apart and returned it to Sears.

    I now own a weber one touch gold, only $139 from Amazon delivered to my door. I couldn’t be happier.

  2. Chuck Cage says:

    William: Sorry you had a bad time with yours. Mine wasn’t rusted at all. For the $40 I paid for mine, if I *had* found rust, I’d have taken it back and made ’em exchange it.

    I’ve been using mine at least once if not twice a week for over a year now, and though it’s a bit worse for wear, it’s not rusted out — even though I’m a total lazy-ass and leave it out in the rain.

    PS: Sorry I forgot the photo the first time ’round. It’s definitely Monday.

  3. BarelyFitz says:

    This might be good for charcoal “grilling” (like a hibachi only bigger) but I don’t see how it could be used for real “BBQ” (that is, indirect heating), since it is so small.

  4. psylux says:

    at the prices you are talking about, its really stupid not to buy a Weber kettle. They start at $60 on sale, and last a decade or so since they are coated in porcelain enamel (not paint). for $100 you can get the 22″ model with you can actually use for BBQ with a waterpan slid in the bottom.

    Grilling != BBQ. If it takes less than 2 hours to cook, you are NOT MAKING BBQ (silly northerner). You are grilling and you cannot easily make BBQ on any old grill.

    How much does dinner for two at a nice steakhouse cost? Gee thats what a Weber costs…

  5. Chuck Cage says:

    Psylux/BarelyFitz: As a Texan who takes both his “grilled” steak and “smoked” brisket seriously, I totally agree: all grilling isn’t BBQ, but BBQ does encompass grilling. On TM, we use the “BBQ” tag to represent an all-encompassing definition of barbecue, kinda like Merriam-Webster Online’s:

    “barbecue: 1a) a large animal (as in steer) roasted whole or split over an open fire or a fire in a pit, b) barbecued food, 2) a social gathering especially in the open air at which barbecued food is eaten, 3) an often portable fireplace of which meat and fish are roasted.”

    I like this particular grill because it works very well for a type of cooking that I enjoy and partake in regularly. I enjoy slow-cooked “smoked” meat as well, but if you’re passing over grilled steaks, you’re missing out.


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